The art of John Hughes has its roots in the painting methods of the American Impressionists as well as numerous painters from the European traditions. His love of nature started early in the rural environs of New York State where he grew up and painted along the Croton River. Summer trips into the Adirondacks on family vacations helped to infuse John with a love for alpine vistas. John has also cultivated an appreciation for the painters of the Ashcan School and makes trips into downtown settings to do studies of the hustle and bustle of city life. John is a member of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters as well as the Plein air Painters of Utah.He writes a regular column on Outdoor painting for 15Bytes as well as the Fibonacci Fine Arts Digest.